To The Daily Sun,
In December I participated in the third race of the Northern New England Jingle Bell Run Mini Series in Concord, which also included races in Freeport, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The JBR , the longest-standing, holiday-themed 5K race series, raises funds and awareness to cure America's #1 cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation, which promotes these events, is the largest, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $470 million in research grants since 1948.
Nearly 50 million Americans (1 in 5) have been diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor. By 2031, theses numbers could increase to 67 million (1 in 4). At present, there are 300,000 children under the age of 17 and 1 in 3 veterans affected with this crippling disease.
I wish to thank my family, friends and especially the people of Laconia for their generosity. This support means it is possible for the Arthritis Foundation to continue serving people with arthritis and related diseases (>100), their families and the health care professionals who help them.
The JBR series was very successful this year raising over $100,000. All three races finished in the top 100 nationally for fund totals: Concord 87th, Portsmouth 85th and Freeport 71st. This generous support provides funds for arthritis research, community programs, essential health care education, and government advocacy initiatives.
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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